The Ambassador of France awards the distinction of Knight of the Légion d’Honneur to Dr. Gerard Vaughan.
Dr. Gerard Vaughan, Managing Director of the National Gallery of Victoria from 2000 and 2012, is a world specialist of the French post-impressionist period. During his tenure, he promoted and organized several major exhibitions showcasing French Art and Culture. The 2003 exhibition on French Impressionists was one of the biggest successes in Australia. Recently, the exhibition on Napoleon, from Revolution to Empire attracted a strong interest from the public.
In awarding the Légion d’honneur, the highest decoration in France established by Napoleon Bonaparte on 19 May 1802, to Dr. Vaughan, France acknowledged his major contribution to the cultural relations between France and Australia. During the ceremony which took place at the Ian Potter Museum in Melbourne, on October 16th, 201, Ambassador Romatet took this opportunity to highlight the special ties that bound Dr. Vaughan to France.